Answer by Sathya:
About Me: Grown up in India for more than 20 years and living in Sweden for more than 5 years.
I would like to be more specific to one particular point that we Indians need to learn from developed nations around the world.
Knowledge about Law: When mentioning about Law, I’m NOT asking all the citizen of India to take a graduation in Law! But, it is most necessary to know at least the basic elements of Indian Constitution. A person should be able to answer “What is Democracy?”, “What is Freedom & Freedom of Speech” and so on.
“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no
better than we deserve.” –
This is the important thing, the citizens of a biggest democracy of the world should know about. Spitting/Urinating in roads, Not following traffic rules, Always trying to get an illegal short cut, Bypassing safety rules, Not knowing our own Fundamental Rights, Not knowing about women rights, Not VOTING, are NOT what we get from freedom. Everything gets its base from being illiterate about our own Law/Constitution.
I have always wondered and admired people in Sweden for this. They don’t talk loud about their political views, but they know what their law says. At least the fundamental laws. They know their law on property rights, law on traffic & safety rules, law on civil obedience, law on health, law on freedom of speech, law on different taxes and many more. They read about it, they use it in day today life. They are not like us, who study these things in “History & Civics” subject in school and just forget after the exams.
The citizens of India including me, need to learn what is freedom. We have paid a lot of lives to get the freedom. Now we need to teach ourselves on how to maintain it with Responsibility. If Government asks to wear Helmets while driving two wheeler – It is for OUR safety. Rules are not defined to be broken. It is our responsibility to obey the rules, so the Govt. can function properly. I think, this if we learn from Sweden (to be more specific), will change and improve our Indian society drastically. Our country is growing and we need be grownups and stop expecting someone with a stick behind us and ordering what to do & what not do. Consider your responsibility to move our country forward.
I don’t want to be someone who complains about India & Indians after getting into a comfort zone. I’m just trying to answer the question that has been asked here! There are always many things the western world need to learn from India too. But let’s bite the truth and Learn what is Freedom, Learn what is Democracy, Try to be responsible and Bring in the difference in the nation.